Free dignified commital of cremated remains
CFCS offers at no charge, to anyone, of any faith, who has cremated remains at home or is considering scattering, the dignified committal of the remains at any of our cemeteries or the Cathedral of Christ the Light Mausoleum. The committal will occur at the Holy Angels Crypt and then will be permanently interred within the consecrated grounds of the Catholic Cemetery.
Highlights of the Program:
Why does CFCS offer this program?
With the growth of cremation and in light of the Church's teaching regarding the proper disposition of cremated remains, it is our mission as a ministry of the Diocese of Oakland to offer a dignified and sacred resting place for all.
Are the remains retrievable?
Yes, remains can be disinterred from the remembrance crypt at no cost.
Can I have a memorial for a loved one?
Complimentary placement does not include memorialization; however, a cenotaph is available for inscription at all of the remembrance crypts for a small tax deductible fee.
Is there a tax deductible component to the cenotaph inscription?
Yes, the entire fee ($250 at Cemeteries or $1,000 at the Cathedral) is a donation that may be deductible.
What is the Church’s teaching?
The Church teaches that the cremated remains of the body be buried or entombed and receive the "Right of Committal." Scattering the remains, keeping them at home or dividing them among various family members is not the reverent disposition that the Church requires, "The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy, it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit."
How long are the remains placed within the Holy Angels Crypt?
At the time of committal the remains are placed within the Holy Angels Crypt. In the future, based upon capacity, the remains may be relocated; however, they will always be interred within the consecrated grounds of Catholic Cemeteries.
This experience is never easy, but all staff went beyond basic services and acted like it was their own loved one.
The only Christian cemetery facing the north-south direction in the US is St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rayne, Louisiana.